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Replica Buddhist Caves Rise on the Getty Center Plaza

Overhead view of the replica cave structure
The replica cave structure takes shape on the Getty Center plaza.

Replica Cave Temples of Dunhuang are taking shape on the Getty Center plaza. More»

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Conservation Up Close: Maillol’s “Torso of Dina”

Graduate intern Kellie Boss shines an examination light on Aristide Maillol's Torse de Dina
Grad intern Kellie Boss shines an examination light on Aristide Maillol's Torse de Dina

Museum conservators solve a mystery during the routine treatment of an outdoor sculpture More»

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35,000-Year-Old Rock Art, Now in 3D

Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave, France. Rup’Art Productions
Chauvet Cave

How did filmmakers create a 3D experience of an ancient cave? More»

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Managing the Details: Coordinating Field-Based Conservation Projects

Ayda Haghighatgoo and Lucinda Schell
Ayda Haghighatgoo (left) and Lucinda Schell (right) organize equipment for an upcoming campaign.

A look at the complex logistics involved in organizing conservation projects around the world. More»

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Artist William Pope.L on Humor, Race, and God

Obi Sunt (Production Image from the making of Obi Sunt), 2015, William Pope.L. Courtesy of the Artist © Pope.L
Obi Sunt (Production Image from the making of Obi Sunt), 2015, William Pope.L. Courtesy of the Artist © Pope.L

Pope.L takes our questions about his practice and the future of his work. More»

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Artist Grimanesa Amorós on the Value of Public Art

The Mirror Connection | Beijing, China
© Grimanesa Amorós

A chat with the sculptor and installation artist. More»

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A Hidden Rembrandt Has Been Digitally Reconstructed in Color

Tentative color reconstruction of the hidden portrait under An Old Man in Military Costume
Tentative color reconstruction of the hidden portrait under An Old Man in Military Costume

A hidden Rembrandt is revealed. More»

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Bringing the Cave Temples of Dunhuang to California Classrooms

Our group at the Dunhuang City Museum
Photo: Karen Clancy

Chinese culture comes to California classrooms. More»

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14 Fascinating Facts about the Cave Temples of Dunhuang

Interior and sculpture of a bodhisattva in Cave 275 / Cave Temples of Dunhuang
© The Dunhuang Academy

A look at one of the cultural and artistic wonders of the world. More»

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A Look Inside the Getty’s Conservation Collection

Seeley Brothers, manufacturers of Averill Paint, ready for use
Inside the book Seeley Brothers, manufacturers of Averill Paint, ready for use (New York: Seeley Brothers, ca. 1886). ID No. 2870-944

From reference tomes to textile cuttings, a collection for every conservation query. More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      05/03/16

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